Investigations on the quality of nursing care relating to various care problems are rare.Purpose:
This study assessed the (1) fulfillment of structural indicators, (2) application of nursing interventions as process indicators, and (3) prevalence rate as outcome indicators with regard to various care problems.Methods:
A cross-sectional multicenter study was conducted in 30 Austrian hospitals with 2878 patients.Results:
The highest number of structural quality indicators was fulfilled for pressure ulcers, falls, restraints, and pain. In malnutrition and urinary incontinence, a lack of structural indicators was observed. Most interventions were offered to patients with pressure ulcers or those who had experienced a fall. The lowest frequency of nursing interventions was seen in malnourished and incontinent persons.Conclusion:
There is a need for the national adaptation of guidelines for malnutrition and urinary incontinence. This may increase the frequency of evidence-based nursing interventions.